February 2017

Cloudistics Launches Its Next Major Release of its On-Prem Cloud Platform on the Back of Another Record Quarter

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Cloudistics, an on-premises cloud computing company, announced today the availability of Cloudistics Ignite 3.0 software, offering additional features, functionality and performance enhancements for simpler, faster deployment and management of applications. Over the past quarter, Cloudistics saw record growth in revenue and has made great strides in growing its customer and partner base, scaling customer deployments, adding strategic headcount, and expanding internationally.

The Ignite software powers and controls the Cloudistics on-premises cloud platform, delivering mid-market and enterprise customers the same experience and functionality of the public cloud in a simple, plug-and-play and high performance on-premises appliance.

“We love the flexibility, scalability, and the ease-of-use of the public cloud but we can’t store sensitive data outside our datacenter,” said Jon Halseth, manager, Information Technology for the Atlanta Hawks. “Cloudistics provided us with a simple-to-use and secure platform that gave us the best of public cloud with control over our data.”

HotLink and Avnet Partner to Enable Public Cloud Adoption for Corporate IT Data Centers

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HotLink Corporation, the market leader in transformation solutions for hybrid IT, today announced an agreement with Avnet, a leading global technology distributor. The alliance makes HotLink solutions easily accessible to Avnet channel partners in the United States and Canada, as more enterprise customers seek ways to easily, quickly and cost-effectively extend, integrate and unify on-premise computing environments with public cloud resources like Amazon Web Services (AWS). As the only Avnet partner providing native public cloud integration with VMware vCenter management infrastructure, HotLink will enable resellers to deliver holistic management of hybrid cloud production environments as easily as homogenous, on-premise VMware deployments.

Avnet helps partners deliver consumption or subscription model public cloud solutions for their customers with reduced complexity and risk through its Avnet Cloud Marketplace.  Avnet curates the most cutting-edge technologies for its community of value-added resellers (VARs). Avnet partners can now take advantage of the HotLink Cloud-Attach Platform, patented technology that offers seamless interoperability between VMware management infrastructure and public and private cloud resources - without adding operational or integration complexity, or an array of new tools. Avnet will make available HotLink Managed DRaaSä, which extends VMware vCenter to provide disaster recovery and business continuity leveraging AWS and HotLink Cloud Management Expressä for out-of-the-box VMware vCenter integration with AWS and Azure resources.

 

Green Cloud Technologies Acquires Cloud Services Provider Cirrity

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Green Cloud Technologies ("Green Cloud"), a 100% channel only, Cisco-Powered cloud provider, has closed on the acquisition of Atlanta-based Cirrity, a channel-only cloud solutions provider. Debt and equity financing was provided by Green Cloud's existing investors, and the transaction is immediately accretive for the Greenville, SC based company, giving their entire partner network more capacity, security and redundancy for cloud solutions.

Green Cloud provides custom wholesale and white label cloud solutions to a network of 400 reseller partners, and the acquisition expands Green Cloud's capacity and data center presence, particularly on the west coast, while adding core expertise around security and compliance services.

 

Threat Stack Launches New Packaging Model to Scale with Customers' Cloud Security Maturity

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Threat Stack, the leader in cloud-native security and compliance management, today announced the launch of its new packaging model for the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform (CSP), strengthening the company's commitment to customers of all sizes throughout their cloud maturity. Each package is custom built to align with three Cloud Security Maturity phases: Auditing the environment; Continuously monitoring and alerting; Investigating events and remediation. This new model enables the security of a customer's journey from just getting started in the cloud to an approach focused on analysis, investigation and remediation.

"Traditionally companies amass several tools as security maturity evolves over time, becoming costly and resource intensive," said Brian M. Ahern, Chairman and CEO, Threat Stack. "The new Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform® packaging is designed to enhance security visibility, reduce operating costs and maximize company resources through flexible package selection aligning with company security maturity and infrastructure security requirements."

Threat Stack CSP is now available in three package options:

ServiceNow Resolves Real Security Threats Fast

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ServiceNow, the enterprise cloud company, today announced integrations from leading cybersecurity companies into ServiceNow Security Operations solution. With ServiceNow customers can prioritize threats and use a structured response engine to resolve real security threats fast. Now security analysts can easily enrich threat information, map those threats to the underlying business service at risk, and easily collaborate with IT to automatically resolve them. This replaces the manual, slow and ineffective back-and-forth resolution process of the past.

While enterprises have invested heavily in protection and detection tools, security response is often left unaddressed. Determining whether an alert constitutes an actual threat can take hours. Security analysts use email, phone calls and spreadsheets to coordinate remediation with IT teams. These manual processes are error-prone and unwieldy, leading to lengthy breach containment times of 70 days on average, according to the Ponemon Institute.

ServiceNow Security Operations replaces the manual work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future and just added several new automation integrations from leading security vendors. In as little as 20 seconds, Security Operations automatically enriches each security incident with threat intelligence, including information from potentially affected endpoints. This allows security analysts to spend less time on researching problems and to get to resolution faster. In addition, ServiceNow Security Operations eliminates the need for manual data collection by automatically generating a post-incident report for later analysis, reporting or audit.

Infographic: IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Technology is the backbone of your business, but what happens when it fails? Make no mistake - this isn't an "if" scenario, but a matter of time: From power outages to weather events or network issues, technology doesn't always work as intended. How do you make sure you're prepared?

Anatomy of a Disaster

What's behind an IT disaster? The hard truth is that anything can cause network problems, device failures or total blackouts - some issues are simply more likely than others. For example, power outages caused by large-scale events such as storms or fires often top the list of IT disaster causes. Other common origins include issues with existing networks, such as the migration from local stacks to cloud-based networks or attacks by malicious actors. These could include DDoS attacks that are designed to quickly bring down tech services by overwhelming them with network requests or could be the result of employees accidentally or maliciously allowing attackers access to corporate networks.

Be Better at Managing Your Web Design Projects

Regardless of the project you're working on, good project management is a must. In a web design project, for instance, good project management will not only help you organize every part of the project properly, but also allow you to overcome challenges and get the best results without wasting too much time revising and debugging. According to studies complied by Brandeis University and its masters in project and program management program, good project management involves five important steps.

The most important part of the project management cycle is actually planning. You can't plan for everything, but good planning will help give you that extra set of guidelines that will get you to your goals faster. You can also organize resources and time better with careful planning at the beginning of the project.

 

TierPoint Expands Channel Partner Opportunities as Newly Designated Microsoft Azure Indirect Cloud Solution Provider

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TierPoint LLC, a leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions, today announced that it has been designated a Microsoft Azure Authorized Indirect Cloud Solution Provider - making it one of less than a dozen US-based managed hosting and cloud providers that have achieved this designation and building on TierPoint's prior designation as a Direct Partner within the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

"This expanded licensing program opens the door to compelling new opportunities for our channel partners and their clients," said Bob Buchanan, TierPoint Vice President, Channel. "TierPoint partners that are enrolled in the Microsoft Partner Network with Indirect Reseller status can now provide one-stop shopping for Microsoft Azure solutions, increase revenue, and leverage TierPoint's unique and comprehensive mix of hybrid IT services, including cloud design, deployment, and management - all backed by our superior, high-touch service and 39 world-class data centers in 20 geographically diversified markets."

Bitglass Brings Real-Time Inline Security to AWS and Custom Cloud Apps

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Bitglass, the total data protection company, today announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and custom apps -- two major additions that extend the capabilities of Bitglass' market-leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution.

Bitglass for AWS offers deep visibility, real-time DLP, and granular access controls across all S3 and EC2 instances. According to Neil MacDonald and Greg Young of Gartner*, "Through 2020, 80% of cloud breaches will be due to customer misconfiguration, mismanaged credentials or insider theft, not cloud provider vulnerabilities."

What's next for Azure Site Recovery?

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When Microsoft first showed off its disaster recovery service on Azure in 2014, it was called Hyper-V Recovery Manager and was an extension of a System Center tool for failing over Hyper-V virtual machines (VM) to another location, using the public cloud to coordinate testing and managing recovery between your data centers.

Today, Azure Site Recovery (ASR) lets you fail over into the cloud as well to another location, from physical and virtual servers, and it handles far more workloads than just Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (or even VMware and vSphere, which it also supports).

How to Organize Your Corporate Wiki On the Cloud



Since there are many companies today that has offices around the world and they have a lot of employees who travel back and forth from one office to another, their business methods need a lot of changes in order to make it work. 

Besides the fact that their offices are separated by thousands of miles, they still need to be able to communicate, share information and ideas in order to come up with coordinated business incentives. Additionally, most of those scattered business organizations have a lot of things to consider and they require sophisticated solutions that will allow them to function properly. 

This is where an online wiki software comes into play. It allows organizations to share different types of information between them in a simple, yet very effective way. Still, this is not the only thing you can do with cloud-based wiki software and we will focus upon that a bit more. 

Carbon Black's Breakthrough 'Streaming Prevention' Leapfrogs Cylance, McAfee and Symantec

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Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security, today unveiled "Streaming Prevention," a cybersecurity technology that redefines the Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) market by combining a breakthrough prevention model with market-leading detection and response to stop both malware and non-malware attacks.

"Streaming Prevention" is the core technology powering Cb Defense, Carbon Black's NGAV solution, which can prevent, detect and respond to the most advanced cyber attacks, including non-malware attacks.

Non-malware attacks gain control of computers without downloading malicious software. Instead, they use trusted, native operating system tools, such as PowerShell, and exploit running applications, such as browsers, to "live off the land." These attacks pose a bigger risk than malware attacks because they are harder to detect and cause more damage. Virtually every organization was targeted by such an attack in 2016, according to Carbon Black research.

In protecting against non-malware attacks, "Streaming Prevention" is a fundamentally different approach to endpoint prevention than taken by Cylance, McAfee, Symantec and other antivirus (AV) vendors.

ZeroStack Launches AI Suite for Self-Driving Clouds

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ZeroStack, the leader in making self-driving private cloud affordable for all companies, today announced its roadmap and first suite of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities derived from machine learning. These capabilities build the foundation for self-driving clouds, making deploying, running, and managing on-premises cloud as ‘hands off' as using a public cloud. Aimed at empowering application developers, other on-premises clouds require major investments in IT infrastructure and internal skills. ZeroStack's intelligent cloud platform leverages self-healing software and algorithms developed from over one million datagrams. This economic disruption unleashes businesses to choose clouds for application development based on data locality, governance, performance and costs without technology adoption restricting their choices.

"With ZeroStack's vision for automated cloud, and this first release of real capabilities, I believe they are the only credible cloud vendor to employ artificial intelligence in the service of enterprise customers," said Torsten Volk, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. "Given the increasing complexity of IT operations, deploying AI is an optimal way of managing costs."

Google, Harvard, China Mobile to Speak at the OpenStack Summit Boston

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Today the OpenStack Foundation announced that Brian Stevens of Google, Mercè Crosas of The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University and Junwei Lu of China Mobile are among the speakers committed to the next OpenStack Summit, the must-attend open infrastructure event, taking place May 8-11 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. OpenStack users at Bloomberg, eBay and the US Army Cyber School are also among the first round of confirmed speakers. The call for presentations is open through February 6, and the full agenda will be published in March.

More than 6,000 participants from 60+ countries are expected to attend the OpenStack Summit to discuss how open infrastructure is helping companies increase agility and save money as software becomes more strategic to their business. Headline sponsors are Intel, Mirantis, Deutsche Telekom and Red Hat.

Stevens, vice president of cloud platforms at Google, will discuss how open source is the vehicle for hybrid cloud and is also enabling new use cases such as machine learning. Crosas, chief data science and technology officer at Harvard IQSS (Institute for Quantitative and Social Science), will discuss the Cloud Dataverse collaboration with the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) to host datasets, supporting thousands of researchers at more than 500 worldwide institutions using Dataverse, in the MOC's OpenStack cloud.

One Identity Extends Top-Rated Active Roles Solution to Azure AD, Driving Efficiency and Security into Hybrid Environments

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One Identity, a recognized leader in identity and access management, today announced a new Active Roles version that extends best-in-class features to conquer the security and management challenges organizations face as they grapple with the complexities of hybrid Active Directory (AD) environments. With thousands of users already leveraging Active Roles to manage on-premises Active Directory, Active Roles 7.1 delivers a single management console, purpose-built to help organizations overcome the time-consuming burden and functional gaps often presented by disparate and limited native tools for the hybrid AD/Azure Active Directory environment.

Currently, nearly 90 percent of organizations worldwide rely on Microsoft's Active Directory to authenticate and authorize users on their networks, translating into 500 million organizations, globally. Yet while Microsoft's launch of the cloud-based Azure Active Directory (AAD) has fueled steady growth in enterprise cloud adoption, many organizations face significant challenges in efficiently managing the security and administration of their quickly growing hybrid environments. Organizations require a solution that addresses these issues in on-premises, cloud-based and hybrid Active Directory ecosystems.

"The steadily rising appetite for cloud-based productivity tools like Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange Online has driven quick adoption of Microsoft's AAD - yet many adopting the cloud still, by necessity, have their feet firmly planted in on-premises environments, leading to vast inconsistencies in administrative processes and security execution," said John Milburn, president and general manager of One Identity. "Coupled with the shortcomings of native and other third-party solutions, the rise of these hybrid AD/AAD environments has led to millions of enterprises struggling with dangerous gaps in security and crippling inefficiencies. With our release of Active Roles 7.1, One Identity now empowers organizations with precise, unified and consistent administration and security for both AD and AAD from a single point of management, enabling enterprises to embrace cloud adoption without sacrificing security."

5 Technologies That Transformed the World of Nursing Forever

Nursing has moved far beyond the classic image of Florence Nightingale saving the sick and wounded with water and bandages. New technologies have been taking the world by storm lately, and the world of nursing is no different. Let's look at the five technologies that transformed the world of nursing forever.

Electronic IV Monitors

One of the benefits of electronic monitoring is that it is no longer necessary for nurses to administer intravenous feeds continuously. IV pump infusions provide more controlled medication delivery by ensuring a constant flow of fluids and medications like pain meds on demand (within specified limits). Nurses still check on patients and tend to new issues, but there is no longer a need for nurses to continually make rounds to check on each and every patient every few minutes.

Cloud Storage Scalability Ranks #1 on IT Wish Lists in 2017

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An independent survey commissioned by Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), has underscored the IT industry's need for symmetrically scalable cloud storage, that can instantly scale up or down to meet business requirements, as a key challenge to growth in 2017 - and corroborates other recent analyses of IT demands for storage scalability in the coming year.

When asked to share their top strategy for managing their organization's data storage in 2017, one third of IT decision makers responding in Germany, the UK and the US, ranked "having cloud storage that scales up or down according to my organization's needs" as their #1 wish in 2017. Scalability was cited by nearly twice as many as those who selected the next highest response, outranking other mission-critical IT demands. The 2017 wish list unveiled by this research included:

Zenoss Launches ZenPack SDK to Extend Hybrid IT Monitoring Reach

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Zenoss Inc., the leader in hybrid IT monitoring and analytics software, today announced the launch of its ZenPack SDK, a new portal that enables anyone to create ZenPacks, or plug-ins, that extend the capabilities of the Zenoss platform. ZenPacks can be created to extend functionality in monitoring serversnetworking systemsstorage systemsvirtual environmentscontainersconverged infrastructureapplications and more.

"The extensibility of our platform is a key difference between Zenoss and other solutions," said Marcus MacNeill, vice president of product management at Zenoss. "The new ZenPack SDK portal now makes it easier than ever for IT Ops and DevOps teams to customize and extend monitoring and analytics capabilities to cover just about any technology they can imagine."

The Zenoss IT monitoring and analytics platform was architected with extensibility as a key tenet, to meet unique requirements for the largest enterprise and service provider deployments. ZenPacks represent one pillar of this extensibility and enable Zenoss customers to extend their capabilities to monitor new types of systems and applications and to add advanced monitoring functionality for systems and applications that are already covered.

New Survey Reveals Most MSPs Feel Greatest Competition from Google, Other Cloud Vendors

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Sonian, the leading provider of cloud-based email archiving and insights, today unveiled new survey findings that reveal that 79 percent of managed service providers (MSPs) today feel their greatest competitive threat is cloud providers, as opposed to other MSPs. This represents a significant leap from five years ago, when only 54 percent of MSPs viewed cloud providers as their greatest competition. MSPs of all sizes agreed they lost more deals to Google than any other cloud provider, including Amazon, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Microsoft - and expect Google to be the cloud market leader by 2021.

These findings were detailed in a new report released today, "A New World Order: How MSPs are Trying to Survive and Thrive in a Cloud-first World," based on a Berg Research survey of more than 300 MSPs commissioned by Sonian.

The MSP Market in an Increasingly Cloud-First World

 

Nerdio Progresses in the VMware vCloud Air Network

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Adar, Inc., creator of industry-leading ITaaS platform Nerdio, today announced it has been upgraded in the VMware vCloud Air Network as an Enterprise-level Service Provider.

The VMware vCloud Air Network provides organizations with VMware-based enterprise-class security and infrastructure compatibility, with the freedom to readily move workloads among private, public and hybrid clouds.

Using proven VMware technology customers already use in their existing data centers, VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers can accelerate their business growth by offering customers trusted and secure public and hybrid cloud services.